Edward Plantagenet was one of the most effective and ruthless Kings England has ever seen. He conquered Wales and Ireland, so why was he unable to beat Scotland and maintain the success of Victory? Under the Hammer, present interesting aspects of this question, by examining Edward and his campaigns against the Scots and the political manoeuvring from the death of Alexander to Longshanks' death. Watson a lecturer in the Department of History at University of Sterling, examines the process of conquest of one medieval country at the hands of another, concentrating on one of the most vital aspects: the military garrisons. She presents the case that Scotland, though lacking a national sense, divided severely by Clan loyalties between Bruces and Comyns, never the less were able to marshal its resources, use of terrain and valiant spirit to deal with a better equipped, more battle-hardened army, lead by a warrior-king.
Excellent work for people trying to understand to period of Wallace's and Bruce's risings.